San José High School: New Hallway Murals Inspired by School’s International Baccalaureate Program
San José High School (SJHS), California’s second oldest public high school, has added new murals to their campus. The vibrant works of art showcase the school’s educational atmosphere; highlighting the aims and values taught at the school through its rigorous International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The five new murals were chosen and created by members of the SJHS Art Club and feature a variety of figures that embody the ten aspirational qualities of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Learner Profile. The IB Learner profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success and encourages a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them. IB Learners are taught to be: Inquirers, Knowledgeable, Thinkers, Communicators, Principled, Open-minded, Caring, Risk-takers, Balanced, and Reflective.
Funded by a grant from the Luna Park Arts Foundation, these five murals recognize individuals in the local and global community that demonstrate IB and SJHS values. More than fifty well known individuals are featured in the paintings including Michelle Obama, Norman Mineta, and Cesar Chavez.
Inspiring and motivating the work of teachers, students, and the entire school community, the ten aspirational qualities are woven throughout the prestigious IB program and provide a clear vision of the aims and values of the IB. By highlighting well known figures who have embodied IB Learner Profiles, the murals will provide a daily reminder and inspiration to SJHS students to pursue these same qualities within their own lives.